Precious Metal Alloys

Did you know, pure gold isn’t often used for jewellery as it’s so soft? We know pure gold as 24ct and it’s bright yellow in colour. When we make jewellery we alloy pure gold (or silver, platinum or palladium) with other metals to create precious...

Shopping for Ethical and Sustainable Jewellery

It’s difficult to know what you should be asking when you’re shopping for ethical and sustainable jewellery.  Whether you buy from me, or someone else, here’s what you should be asking: Where does this gemstone or diamond come from?  Can you trace it...

Rhodium Plating

Rhodium Plating – those of you who’ve bought shiny white rings that have started looking patchy 6 months down the line, will know exactly what this is.  Plating is a way of adding a very thin layer of colour to the surface of metal.  Think your...

Sustainable Jewellery

Sustainable Jewellery Sustainability: “the quality of causing little or no damage to the environment and therefore able to continue for a long time” (Cambridge Dictionary)   I wanted to share some thoughts (long post alert) about environment and...

Vegan Jewellery

People often say to me “but surely all jewellery is vegan right? It’s just metal and stones?” Well here’s the thing, unless your jeweller has gone out and sourced alternatives, lots of the things jewellers use to make your jewellery will...

Aquamarine

Aquamarine’s name comes from the Latin for seawater and it was said to calm waves and keep sailors safe at sea. March’s birthstone was also thought to enhance the happiness of marriages. The best gems combine high clarity with limpid transparency and blue to slightly...
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